US Marine Corps Reviews

Updated 30 August 2014
Updated 30 August 2014
2,078 Reviews

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US Marine Corps Commandant General James F. Amos
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973 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Full medical and dental along with housing paid for (in 52 reviews)

  • You get to travel, see the world and get aquainted with other people of the world (in 47 reviews)


Cons
  • Having to spend time away from family in both deployed and non-deployed enviroments (in 127 reviews)

  • Long hours, stuck with some people that in the civilian world would have been fired (in 220 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. Marines don't have that problem.

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    Former Employee - Avionics Technician  in  Quantico, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Avionics Technician in Quantico, VA (US)

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits, great experience, education benefits.

    Cons

    Work-life balance while deployed, currently down-sizing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Awesome career building and training skill sets.

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    Former Employee - Career Planner  in  Parris Island, SC (US)
    Former Employee - Career Planner in Parris Island, SC (US)

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Job security and travel. Ability to work with a tight nit group and a multi-ethnic demographic.Awesome career building and training skill sets.Growth potential and maturity are fostered as is education and leadership skills.

    Cons

    Some time away from friends and family. Having to deal with stressful and sometimes violent situations. My be required to move to places not so populated or desired. Growth potential and maturity are the outcome of this con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue with the quality of life programs and revitalize the perks of being a military member through the on base activities and recreation support functions. Do not allow cuts to erode the outdoor rec/on base marinas and rental perks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Continuous challenge, highly structured speciality paths, great access to mentors who will guide you through your career

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    Current Employee - O4 - Marines - Major  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - O4 - Marines - Major in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The Corps makes indoctrination a priority, you will generally be working with aggressive, driven people who want to succeed. Promotions are generally merit based.

    Cons

    Huge time demands (long working hours and travel), even when not deployed overseas. Can be very challenging on families and the extended support network.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider alternatives to the officer/enlisted hierarchy, a college degree doesn't always prepare young officers for leadership. Review models used by other countries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Life changing experience.

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    Current Employee - Data Network Specialist  in  Camp Pendleton, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Data Network Specialist in Camp Pendleton, CA (US)

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are great advancement potential. You are able to learn a lot in the career you want to pursue.

    Cons

    Deployments aren't the best. Being away from home for 7 months is a huge con for this job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your junior marines. Sometimes they have great ideas. Do more fun days with your sections.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very rewarding after all the hard work.

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    Former Employee - E6 - Marines - Staff Sergeant  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - E6 - Marines - Staff Sergeant in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Once in a lifetime experience

    Cons

    Time away from family,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A lasting experience where you know you made a difference, you become an all around better quality individual.

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    Current Employee - E4 - Marines - Corporal  in  Beaufort, SC (US)
    Current Employee - E4 - Marines - Corporal in Beaufort, SC (US)

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Get holidays off with occasional duty; excellent unmatched benefits, promotions will come as long as your in standards and performing.

    Cons

    Work life balance; leadership varies, there are times that you will be under the supervision of someone that "hides behind their rank" or should not be in the position they are in but there is good leaders too; values are the best unless your leadership doesn't believe in them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Know Yourself

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Benefits, Job Security and skills are invaluable. For new service members the opportunities are endless. Marines who use their spare time wisely can leave prepared for a lot of quality civilian opportunities.

    Cons

    Adjusting to the culture is difficult. You must adapt quickly because for some a mentor is not available. Certain leaders are not prepared to lead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide new member with like minded mentors who are successful. Leaders must understand work styles provide environments primarily filled with encouragement rather than chastisement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    We didn't promise you a rose garden.

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    Former Employee - Helicopter Pilot  in  Okinawa (Japan)
    Former Employee - Helicopter Pilot in Okinawa (Japan)

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You are around fantastic people.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance if that is important to you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing Experiences in Horrible Places

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    Current Employee - Marine Corps Officer  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Marine Corps Officer in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Amazing and unique experiences. The ability to work with amazing people and make life long friends. Defend freedom. Travel to places no one wants to go to.

    Cons

    Slow promotions. Work inhuman hours. Your career will be a selection of the 3rd or 4th thing you want to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote based on performance, not simply time in grade. Create a billet allocation/slating process to maximize value to the service-member not simply the "needs of the Marine Corps" (which means you are getting hosed).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Got to travel the world.

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    Former Employee - Logistics Chief  in  Norfolk, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Logistics Chief in Norfolk, VA (US)

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Free travel of the world
    Job stability( not a lot of layoff)
    Room for advancements
    Leadership opportunities at a early stage in career

    Cons

    A lot of time away from family.
    Forced to move every few years at discretion or needs of company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the efforts of your juniors and they will reward to more than you could ever imagine.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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